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Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1 | [Brandon Sanderson]

Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.
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Publisher's Summary

From the number-one New York Times best-selling author of the Mistborn Trilogy, Brandon Sanderson, comes the first book in a new, action-packed thrill ride of a series - Steelheart. Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.

But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father. For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning - and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He's seen Steelheart bleed.

And he wants revenge.

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    Jonathan Deloca New York 09-27-13
    Jonathan Deloca New York 09-27-13

    Jonny B Loca

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    "Edge of your seat Awesomeness!!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Prof was the most interesting character for me. He was the second biggest question mark besides SteelHeart himself. I wanted to know more about what drove him to be the leader of the Reckoners. David is very much a Luke Skywalker type who can get a bit annoying/self involved but I forgive him because we are talking about an 18 old. All of the characters are nicely fleshed out.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Some movies may claim to be Epic. This movie has EPICS!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to read the next book in the series.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Marie hampton, VA, United States 09-27-13
    Marie hampton, VA, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Great spin on a very old concept!"
    What made the experience of listening to Steelheart the most enjoyable?

    I was unable to figure out the plot> I didn’t know what direction the book was going in so I didn't put it down! lol


    What other book might you compare Steelheart to and why?

    You're Next!! It's a thriller, I couldn't put it down either.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Megan was replaying the scene when David was confessing his love for her.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I wouldn't say moved me, however finding out that others in the group had powers.


    Any additional comments?

    Great first book! I love MacCleod Andrews voice. He's great; he gives all of the characters distinction and a life of their own. No confusion trying to figure out who's talking.

    8 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Fenton, Mo, United States 09-26-13
    Dennis Fenton, Mo, United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2008
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    "WOW , Damn that was a good book"
    If you could sum up Steelheart in three words, what would they be?

    Best book I have listen to in awhile. Macleod Andrews is one of the the best Audio Artist out there.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    TonyM 09-25-13
    TonyM 09-25-13
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    "This series should become a really big deal!"
    What did you love best about Steelheart?

    By the time I'd finished the prologue I knew this series was special, and could be on par with the big names we know that turned into movies series like X-Men, Batman or the Avengers. There is so much potential! The Epics have all the powers of comic book supers, but they are evil, and all there are are real humans just like all of us to deal with them, so the story is empowering. It should appeal to a wide audience across age groups. Really fun! I'm really hoping that Sanderson takes a break from his other work and focusses on this story. He could become a household name after this!


    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Hassan 09-24-13
    Hassan 09-24-13 Member Since 2009

    5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(

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    "Brandon Sanderson Is A Gifted Writer!!!"

    I always think that this time i will be able to guess what Brandon Sanderson is going to write and how the book will end, but i always fail big time.

    Steelheart is a fantastic new book by Brandon Sanderson, other than his previous work this book is based in the present and the near future. Some weird thing happened that made some people become powerful and with special powers and abilities. They are called Epics.. But rather than helping the world, they are destroying it and taking control of it.

    Steelheart is based in Chicago, where there is David who is trying to get rid of those Epics and doing his best in that.. Cant talk much more about the book , but believe me when i say that this book really made me gape some times, things that i haven't even expected happened, and i really damn tried to guess what will happen several times, and something totally different happens... Brandon Sanderson is really a gifted writer, he keeps on throwing surprises and his mind is vast.

    And lets not forget an important aspect of this book.. It was really funny.. David keeps on trying to say stuff but it comes out completely wrong and weird, and other characters who really made me laugh while reading the book.. i'm not saying this is a new side for Brandon Sanderson, but he really did a good job of making this book funny.

    Narration was really good too. Macleod Andrews did a really good job.

    This book is highly recommended, and any other book by Brandon Sanderson is highly recommended as well.

    There is a sequel to this book and its called "Firefight" already waiting for it.

    16 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    G.Monie Queens, NY, United States 09-27-13
    G.Monie Queens, NY, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2011

    " I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.

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    "Sanderson Rarely Disappoints... TRUUU"

    The only question I had for Sanderson after reading this book was, did it effect his concentration on the next installment of 'The Way of Kings'? I totally say that tongue in cheek, I think he's written 2 books now in between the Stormlight Archives BUT it was well worth it.

    I don't think with Sanderson's ability it was hard for him to write this book especially after reading the review about how he came about the concept, therefore creating a 'superpowers' book better than the status quo... There is a relatively known maxim that no matter what gender, religion, or situation a person is in when POWER is given to said person everyone is subject to corruption or using it to favor themselves. If most people really thought about it the anit-hero idea is great, I've loved comic book hero's but just like the situation Sanderson had been in, how many times has a person wished they could swipe the car driving in the fast lane out of it to teach them a lesson? Or even worse just disintegrate the IRS auditor or better yet the meter maid that just started writing u a ticket as u get to ur car, they always respond 'well I started it so I can't stop now' that's when u remove a couple limbs & say well since I started, I really can't finish. This premise is what makes this book great, turn the tables & if u have a cynical outlook on humanity u will agree with Sanderson that most people, if gifted with powers would use them to further they're own agenda.

    U have the protagonist that has all the reason in the world to want all epics (humans gifted with some sort of superpower) eliminated because of the injustice brought upon him when he was a child, BUT during that experience he saw something everyone else lost their life for, a weakness in the most powerful epic in what we know as Chicago. Without getting into specifics because most of these types of books can already be a bit predictable, Sanderson adds his ability to flip that & add on a new POV that should start a great new series. Everyone has a weakness & everyone has obsessions, he takes this & creates a world where 'normal' humans look to change the status quo & prove not only that NO ONE is invincible & at the same time not everyone is corrupted by power. I highly recommend this light read, u will be thoroughly entertained & wanting more. Kudos Sanderson, u had no need to prove anything more but did anyway with this runaway start to 'The Reckoning', #1.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl 10-08-13
    Cheryl 10-08-13

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    "Not impressed, same young adult feel as Warbreaker"

    Brandon Sanderson is good writer, this book has good writing and great imagination at the detail level. BUT the overall story is pulp comic book material - I looked for the Marvel logo.
    If you like that genre, you'll like this book; if you prefer more depth in your Science Fiction/Fantasy go elsewhere.

    I think I'll be holding off on further books from Mr.s Sanderson until his focus shifts beyond the young adult stuff he seems to be doing.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Spring Branch, TX, United States 09-30-13
    Debbie Spring Branch, TX, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Love it"
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    Best SF book of the year. Loved every minute of it and was surprised over and over.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lorena 09-30-13
    Lorena 09-30-13 Member Since 2011

    “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ¯ Mark Twain

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    "Holy Supervillains Batman"

    I love a book that takes you in and makes you think but doesn’t take itself too seriously. Sanderson has mastered that here. Steelheart turns the superhero genre on its side, asking, “Who will rise up when all we have are villains”. At the heart, it has similarities to Sanderson’s other books. Namely, a small rebel force against an undefeatable super-power. The thing I like about this one is that it is told by the hero, David. He is a young man with an axe to grind, but still has hope and a sense of humor. The book takes us through his journey for revenge. It has a few surprises (in true Sanderson style) and is full of crazy metaphors that are so ridiculous you can’t help but laugh. I found myself listening any time I could steal a few minutes and had trouble turning it off when I had to.
    As a parent, I would comfortably give this to a teen to read. There is one scene at the very beginning that is a bit gruesome, but otherwise it is clean and thought provoking. If you’ve read other books by Sanderson (and you should), I believe you will find this one to be very similar. It seems a little lighter and has more of a sci-fi feel than books like Mistborn, but not as light as the Rithmatist (both excellent books).

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Leon 09-26-13
    Leon 09-26-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Good plot, INCREDIBLE narration."
    Where does Steelheart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Steelheart has to rank amond the top 5 audiobooks I have heard.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As a Sanderson fan, I've come to expect incredible action sequences that put most Hollywood fare to shame. I am only 3 chapters in, and I can't tell you how many times I've had to wait with baited breath as the explosive action unfolded.


    What does Macleod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Andrews narration perfectly reflects the eagerness and impatience that our young protagonist feels. When he is frustrated, scared or angry, Mr. Andrews' incredible narration makes you feel like you are in the story, experiencing those feelings. His performance is a tour de force that will forever be etched in my mind, like Scott Brick's fantastic reading of Snowcrash.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Steelheart: It's time to kick some Epic a**.


    Any additional comments?

    A perfect examples of how a well-executed audiobook, can be and incredible work of art in its own right.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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